As a wee gay boy growing up in California's Central Valley, I'd often heard tell of a magical place called Berkeley, where there was a university filled with "radicals" who marched and protested and held sit-ins.
I didn't know from radicals, but they sounded fun, and, big plus, they were right across the bay from Mecca.......San Francisco. I longed to be a radical. But then Berkeley stopped making news for the outrageous things that happened there. Oh, it was still a fun place....I saw many a great concert at the Greek Theatre on the UCB campus, but Berkeley wasn't so openly radical. Maybe they settled into middle-age over there. Maybe Berkeley grew up, and moved on.
But then this happened:
The city of Berkeley, by a City Council vote of 7-1, mailed coat hangers to 20 members of Congress last week in protest of the anti-abortion amendment in the House version of the federal health care bill.
Metal coat hangers were mailed with a protest letter to members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of the amendment but have a history of supporting abortion rights. The amendment would ban coverage of abortion for those who would receive government-run health insurance. It would also forbid people from choosing a private plan that covers abortion if they receive federal subsidies to pay for the insurance.
Berkeley's back, baby!